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LA lifts medical marijuana patient caps for doctors to boost market’s viability

Louisiana regulators agreed to remove the 100-patient limit for doctors authorized to recommend medical marijuana, a move aimed at removing a potential stumbling block for a market that’s expected to launch late this year. The State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 on Monday to remove the cap established in 2016. By a narrower 5-4 […]

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Feds grant UC San Diego cannabis import license for product from Canada’s Tilray

In a rare move, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial, a decision that paves the way for additional research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana. New research into medical marijuana could persuade more U.S. physicians to recommend the drug, which could provide a boost […]

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Oregon medical marijuana operator sentenced seven months for federal tax crimes

A part-owner and operator of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon was sentenced to seven months in prison Monday, marking what a prosecutor called the country’s first federal sentencing of a legal MJ business owner for tax crimes. Matthew Price also was ordered to pay $262,776 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service during sentencing […]

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Build it and they will come? Cannabis entrepreneurs wager big bucks on social consumption venues

Applicants for marijuana social consumption licenses across the United States are betting that consumers will want to patronize a public venue where they can consume cannabis with other users.

Entrepreneurs who pursue this new niche sector are likely to wager hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their businesses off the ground, according to industry executives.

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MJardin buying Nevada cannabis cultivation facility for $22 million

MJardin has agreed to buy a licensed cannabis cultivation facility in Las Vegas for roughly $22 million in cash and stock, allowing the Denver company to extend its geographic footprint into the Nevada marijuana market. MJardin – which operates cultivation, processing and retail facilities in North America and has an office in Toronto – said […]

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New Jersey OKs vape cartridges, boosting medical cannabis market potentials

New Jersey’s once heavily restricted medical marijuana market continues to open up: MMJ businesses will now be able to sell vape cartridges filled with concentrates, a move that could boost dispensary sales and open new opportunities for makers of vaporizers and concentrates. The move comes after the state Department of Health waived the previous ban, according […]

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OR county gets grant to battle marijuana growers harvesting more than license limits

An Oregon county’s sheriff’s office will use state grant money to go after legal growers that harvest more than their license allows as well as black market marijuana producers. The nearly $600,000 grant from a new program will pay for three detectives, one crime analyst and a part-time prosecutor in Jackson County, the Mail Tribune […]

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Chart: Alaska’s recreational cannabis market strong, but seasonal sales swings a challenge for MJ businesses

Alaska’s summer tourism season has produced the strongest months on record for wholesale marijuana sales, but MJ businesses are still adapting to the cyclical nature of the state’s adult-use market. The state’s cultivators sold nearly 2,500 pounds of flower and trim to retailers and infused product manufacturers in July – an increase of 7% from […]

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Ohio to strip license from medical cannabis grower

Ohio plans to revoke the license of a medical marijuana cultivator that has made little progress in building its facility in Toledo. The business, OhiGrow, which won a Level 2 small cultivator license, could appeal, according to Columbus Business First. “We found them to be generally nonresponsive,” Mark Hamlin, senior policy advisor at the Ohio Department […]

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Marijuana company Curaleaf looking for $4 billion valuation

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, a vertically integrated cannabis company, is seeking a valuation of up to $4 billion. According to Bloomberg, the company entered into a reverse takeover when Canada’s Lead Ventures combined with PalliaTech in August and changed its name to Curaleaf. The company plans to offer subscription receipts – which can be exchanged for common […]

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Longtime head of California cannabis growers group steps down to head new MJ venture

Hezekiah Allen has been a staple of marijuana lobbying in Sacramento, California, for more than four years as head of the Emerald Growers Association and then the renamed California Growers Association (CGA). But now he’s moving on to spearhead a new holding company to promote cannabis cultivation cooperatives. Allen announced his resignation as executive director of […]

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